A guide to having a Complete, Basic Makeup Kit

4/19/2013 01:10:00 PM

Image courtesy of http://theasianwedding.co.uk/2010/09/30/sbcs-make-up/ 

As the experts say, makeup is an art comparable to painting. But in reality, a lot of people still find cosmetics challenging despite the countless tips, DIYs, video tutorials, and other forms of help available in print and online.

If you’ve been dying to practice but don’t know where to start, and if you’ve been itching to dabble on makeup items but don’t know which one to buy, here’s a guide on what a basic kit should have:

Moisturizing should always be the first step as it’s essential in keeping the skin hydrated and protected from chemicals.

The trick in finding a shade close to your actual skin tone is when the product almost disappears when applied on the jaw area, carefully blending upward just below the cheeks and downward just above the neck. For starters, apply the foundation to the inner side of the arms (where skin complexion is lighter).
Two way cake, mineral powder, cream, mousse, or liquid – your choice. Just remember to pick something you’d be comfortable wearing. 

Final/Finishing Powder
Loose or compact, applying a finishing powder will set the foundation and keep it intact. Think: less touch-ups needed.

When used together with a foundation, concealers will make the skin appear uniform in color. It will also mask dark circles and blemishes on the skin. While skin-toned concealers are the most common type, colored concealers can also be used and applied sparingly beneath the base: white will blur dark circles or bruising and will brighten dull skin, Green or Blue will counteract red patches such as pimples or broken veins, and purple will help a sickly complexion look brighter.

For starters, purchasing eyeshadow quads are suggested as it contains complimenting shades. Start with neutral palettes then slowly build up your existing color collection once application techniques are perfected. Tip: using an eyeshadow primer on the lids will prevent creasing and help the color last longer.

This product creates the illusion of having bigger or smaller eyes depending on how it is used. Mastery of the pencil version is highly recommended before experimenting with the cream or liquid type. To prevent smudging, place the pencil eyeliner’s tip in a glass full of ice or let it cool in the freezer for a few minutes prior to usage. To avoid smearing after application, top it with a translucent powder.

Mascara and Eyelash Curler
Want full flirty eyes? Press and hold the eyelash curler on the base of the lashes for twenty seconds. Repeat the process while moving outward until you reach the tip of your lashes. Swipe one to two coats of mascara and you’re good to go!

Contour palettes are available on the market for those who want a stronger, edgier look. However, contouring can be difficult without the proper tools. The easiest way to go is looking naturally flushed - simply smile to bring out the apples of the cheeks. Apply the blush and gently swipe and blend upward.

Lipstick/Lip Gloss/Lip Balm
Be it sparkling, matte, or nude, the color of the lips should always complement the eyes - thus it is advised to own at least 3 different shades of lip color that can be mixed and matched depending on your makeup and the occasion. Remember to start with a lip balm as it keeps the lips chap-free and protects it from harmful chemicals. Use a lip gloss on top if necessary.

These instruments play a key role in getting the job done. It is often suggested not to rely on those cute and tiny brushes that come with any given cosmetic piece, however choosing the right sweeper may be a tad tricky for the general majority – so watch out for my next blog post, as I will discuss the art of brush selection in depth.

Makeup Remover
At the end of the day, everything must be washed off. This is a crucial step as it helps prevent clogged pores. Thus, a kit will never be complete without a makeup remover. Avoid using wet wipes as it will never get the job done. Read: soap and water WILL NEVER BE enough.